A 1999 NASCAR Truck Series pickup truck
A 1999 NASCAR Truck Series pickup truck
Pete Wilkinson's No. 9 British Pickup Truck Racing truck (plus his No. 9 SCSA Stock Car) and team
Pete Wilkinson's No. 9 British Pickup Truck Racing truck (plus his No. 9 SCSA Stock Car) and team

Pickup truck racing is a form of auto racing which involves modified versions of pickup trucks on racing circuits, mostly oval tracks. Race pickup trucks are mechanically similar to coupé-shaped stock cars, with the main difference being the more boxy shape of the cab, which does not have as good aerodynamics as stock cars.

NASCAR Truck Series vehicles have been rapidly evolving since the inception of the series in 1995, in terms of speed, aerodynamics, and engine equipment. The NASCAR series was also the first to use this type of vehicle, unveiled in 1994.

History

The concept of pickup truck racing started in 1983 when former NASCAR driver Buck Baker[1][2] established the National Pickup Truck Racing Association to help Buck Baker Driving School graduates start their careers. The series, which did not plan to have a points system, had a ten-race schedule planned with intentions to sell the series to NASCAR. The trucks were built with a 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Series car base; the four-barrel Cup Series carburetors were reduced to two to decrease speeds. The series began to increase in popularity, and the schedule was increased to eleven races. After the season ended, Baker's attempted sale of the series to NASCAR was denied, and was sold to Dick Moroso, with the series being rebranded the Moroso Performance All-Pro Pickup Truck Series.[3]

In 1991, SCORE International racers Dick Landfield, Jimmy Smith, Jim Venable and Frank "Scoop" Vessels unveiled plans to create a pickup truck series for NASCAR. Three years later, the trucks were unveiled at the 1994 Daytona 500, and officially created as the SuperTruck Series.[4] After hosting seven exhibition races,[5] the series held its first season in 1995. The series, now known as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,[6] is one of three national series sanctioned by NASCAR (besides the Cup Series and Xfinity Series).[7]

Truck racing series

North America
South America
Europe
Oceania
Asia

References

  1. ^ Creek, Lee (June 17, 1983). "New sport unveiled: Pickup truck racing". Star-News. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Baker: race results exceed expectations". The Sumter Daily Item. June 17, 1983. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Nickerson, Alex (August 4, 2015). "The Original Truck Series". Racers Reunion. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Rockne, Dick (May 8, 1995). "Trucks Pick Up Fans, Sponsors". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Press Snoop: NASCAR Truck Series facts". Road & Track magazine. February 25, 2005. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  6. ^ "Camping World to be Title Sponsor for NASCAR Truck Series". Camping World. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Martin, Mark (2007). NASCAR For Dummies. International Data Group. ISBN 9780470480571. Retrieved November 14, 2015.